October 20, 2003 Gen. Wesley K. Clark and Sen. Joseph Lieberman (D-CT) decide not to participate in the Iowa presidential caucuses. We'll look at why these two Democratic presidential candidates decided to bypass Iowa and discuss how it could affect the party's nomination contest. Guest: Ron Elving *NPR Washington Editor
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October 8, 2003 NPR's Alex Chadwick talks with NPR political editor Ron Elving about how the California recall election may change the nature of national politics, especially in the coming election year.
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October 5, 2003 Guest host Linda Wertheimer speaks with NPR Senior Washington Editor Ron Elving about the past week, during which President Bush and his top advisers had to employ damage control, something they have rarely needed to do during Mr. Bush's nearly three years in office.
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September 3, 2003 NPR's Alex Chadwick talks with NPR senior political editor Ron Elving about today's congressional hearings into last month's energy blackouts in the Northeast, and where U.S. energy policy goes from here.
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July 30, 2003 President Bush defends his decision to send forces to Iraq, and says he takes "full responsibility" for misleading assertions in his 2003 State of the Union address. Hear NPR coverage of Bush's wide-ranging news conference, hosted by NPR's Neal Conan, NPR's Ron Elving and NPR's Tom Gjelten.
May 15, 2003 Should gun victims have the right to sue gun makers? Should the NRA have the right to attack political opponents on TV? And do we need a ban on assault weapons? Join host Neal Conan and guests to discuss the tough questions Washington is facing about gun control. Guests: Ron Elving *NPR Senior Washington Editor Chris Cox *Executive director of the National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action Mike Barnes *President of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence
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May 5, 2003 Nine Democratic presidential hopefuls hold their first debate. Join host Neal Conan for a look at who's ahead, who's not. Guest: Ron Elving *NPR's Senior Washington Editor
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March 21, 2003 A major U.S. air offensive begins in Baghdad, with hundreds of missiles raining down on Iraq's capital city. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld says the Iraqi leadership is starting to lose its hold on the country. NPR's Ron Elving and Larry Abramson report.
January 28, 2003 The economy? The war in Iraq? Health care? As President Bush prepares his State of the Union address, what's your take? What message do you want to hear from the president in his address? Guests: Ron Elving * NPR Washington Editor David Frum *Author of The Right Man Bob Boorstin * Former speechwriter in the Clinton administration Siegfried Buschschulter *Washington Bureau Chief, Deutschland Radio
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January 27, 2003 NPR's Ron Elving profiles Sen. Don Nickles (R-OK), the new chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, who will have a critical role in helping President Bush try to get his budget through Congress. Nickles has been in the Senate since the early years of the Reagan presidency. Sen. Nickles has made elimination of the estate tax a top priority.
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December 20, 2002 The resignation of Sen. Trent Lott (R-MS) as Senate Republican leader -- and incoming Senate majority leader -- leaves Sen. Bill Frist (R-TN) the apparent favorite to assume Lott's leadership post. NPR's Alex Chadwick discusses developments with NPR Washington Editor Ron Elving.
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December 15, 2002 Former Vice President Al Gore says he will not seek the Democratic presidential nomination in 2004, ending months of speculation about a possible repeat bid for the White House. Hear NPR's Ron Elving.
November 26, 2002 Tony Cox talks to NPR's Senior Washington Editor, Ron Elving, about the new Department of Homeland Security.
November 6, 2002 Guests: Stu Rothenberg * Political Analyst * Editor, The Rothenberg Political Report Governor Mario Cuomo * Former New York Governor * Counsel at the law firm Willkie, Farr & Gallagher, New York, NY * Author, The Blue Spruce (Sleeping Bear Press, 1999) and Reason to Believe (Touchstone Books, 1996) Clarence Page * Syndicated Columnist, The Chicago Tribune Sarah Binder * Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institute * Political Science Professor at George Washington University * Phone from her office in DC 202.797.6079 Ron Elving * NPR's Washington Senior Editor Most of the votes will be counted, so what does it all mean? On Talk of the Nation, join guest host Lynn Neary for a look at the effects of the mid-term election on Congress, the issues and even the 2004 presidential race. What happened in your neck of the electorate?
November 4, 2002 With control of Congress at stake in Tuesday's elections, President Bush crosses the country in a last-minute bid to boost Republican candidates. Meanwhile, some Senate races are virtual shoo-ins. Hear NPR's Don Gonyea and Ron Elving.
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